Fall 2003 Vol. XVIII, No.3

In this issue:

The Director's Report

The Scholarly Communication Crisis and UConn's Biomed Central Institutional Membership.

Household Products Database

Adding Content to your PDA.

Pubmed Update

New Look for the Library Homepage.

Web Watcher

Color Printing Now Available

E-Books: 3 New Significant Additions.

New Books in the Library.

Let us do it for you! Library services for users on the go.

Looking for material we don't own? Find it in Worldcat!

Stat-Ref!:New Features and New Look.

Update Archives


Editor: Robert M. Joven, MLS Information & Education Services Ext. 8493 E-mail - joven@uchc.edu



New Books from the UCHC Collection
by Helen Madden, MLS - Catalog Librarian

Editors: Wayne B. Jonas, Cindy C. Crawford. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, c2003. WB 880 H433h 2003

A review of research on energy medicine, spiritual healing, and intentional mental effort as an approach to illness. Areas covered include: the health impact of religious and spiritual practices, the power of healing prayer, research on mind-matter interactions, direct mental influence on living systems, bioenergy healing methods, Qigong clinical studies, therapeutic effects of music, and the impact of healing in a clinical setting.


PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST: Designing and Practicing Patient-Centered Care. Editors: Susan B. Frampton, Laura Gilpin, Patrick A. Charmel. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, c2003. W 84.5 P993 2003

A guide to patient-centered care and its implementation within any conventional health care organization. The book outlines methods for creating healing environments by applying the Planetree Institute model to larger issues of health care delivery such as managed care, workforce shortages, patients' right-to-know legislation, and hospital marketing and branding efforts.


Editors: Ichiro Kawachi, Lisa F. Berkman. New York: Oxford University Press, c2003. WA 31 S679a 2003

This book asks the question: do places make a difference to people's health and well-being, over and above an individual's health behavior choices? The authors call upon social epidemiologists, sociologists, demographers, and medical geographers and clinicians in answering the question in the affirmative. They present theories, methods, and empirical evidence linking neighborhood conditions to population health, with implications for public policies which need to be formed around developing health promotion interventions directed at places as well as people.


BULL'S EYE: Unraveling the Medical Mystery of Lyme Disease. Author: Jonathan A. Edlow. New Haven: Yale University Press, c2003. WC 406 E23b 2003

Reading like a a medical detective story with twists and turns, as well as a tale of scientific inquiry, this work tells the story of Lyme Disease. Like most stories about the biolgoical sciences, it is still evolving. It has taken the form of elusive diagnoses, mystery symptoms, inconclusive laboratory tests, and courtcases. It tackles such issues as the disease as an occupational hazard, physician malpractice in treatment decisions, controversy over the safety of the vaccine, and concern over medical policy and treatment guidelines being decided in a political rather than a scientific arena.


HUNTING THE 1918 FLU: One Scientist's Search for a Killer Virus. Author: Kirsty Duncan. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, c2003. WC 515 K82f 2003

This is a description of a medical project to discover the genetic code of the 1918 Spanish influenza virus from tissues in miners' bodies exhumed from the frozen earth of Svalbard, Norway. In the process, concerns are raised regarding public health preparedness for the next infectious disease emergency, and ethical questions are debated regarding the practice of science and the rights of subjects, both living and dead.

THE DOUBLE-EDGED HELIX: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society. Edited by Joseph S. Alper... [et al.]. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. QH 438.7 D727 2002

Explores the impact of genetic research on contemporary social life through an examination of such questions as: Do our genes determine the course of our lives? How much of our personalities, abilities, and accomplishments are inborn, and how much do we control? How important is the sequencing of the human genome? Should prenatal diagnosis and selective abortion be used for disability prevention? Is there a "gay-gene"? There are also chapters devoted to distinct populations, such as advocacy groups, African Americans, and women.




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